Clean Energy Fuels Corp., North American provider of natural gas fuel for transportation, has established another link in ‘America’s Natural Gas Highway’ with the opening of a station in El Paso, Texas. This enables heavy-duty LNG truck fueling along the transcontinental Interstate 10 highway between Los Angeles, Calif., and Houston, Texas.
Clean Energy’s President and CEO, Andrew J. Littlefair, says “The I-10 from LA to Houston is another link in America’s goods-movement infrastructure now fueling with natural gas. One corridor at a time, our nationwide network is opening and changing how America moves.”
Additional natural gas stations have opened or are under construction to support Clean Energy’s growing portfolio of natural gas fuel customers in the heavy-duty trucking, refuse and ready-mix market segments. Natural gas fuel costs up to $1.50 less per gallon than gasoline or diesel, depending on local market conditions, and is a major incentive for cost-conscious fleet operators.
The El Paso station opens up the I-10 corridor (main east-west highway transportation and traffic corridor along the southern United States and southern Gulf Coast states) from L.A. to Houston to heavy-duty Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) truck fueling. Under a previously-announced fueling agreement, trucking company EJ Madison hauling for Cardinal Health will fuel at the newly-opened LNG station.
Additionally, Chavez Trucking has signed a multi-year fueling agreement with Clean Energy to open a West Sacramento, Calif., LNG station. The company is scheduled to deploy 15 heavy-duty LNG trucks to haul bulk aggregate materials such as road-building and construction materials. Once fully-deployed this fleet is forecasted to consume approximately 210,000 DGEs of LNG annually. This would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 363 metric tons per year.
Clean Energy will support this fleet by opening its public-access LNG station in West Sacramento. “For the last 25 years Chavez Trucking has been committed to delivering the best service to our customers. Introducing LNG tractors into our fleet will allow us to continue this tradition of service by using a cleaner and more economic fuel which meets our fleet’s demanding weight and range requirements,” said Adam Chavez, general manager of Chavez Trucking.
Another Clean Energy facility is being opened up in New Haven, Connecticut, where All American Waste has six Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) -powered trucks in a fleet of 40 refuse collection vehicles. The facility will have 40 time-fill fueling posts to fuel natural gas refuse trucks, able to meet the waste company’s plan to expand its natural gas fleet over time. Two public-access fast-fill dispensers with four fueling hoses will also be available. The facility is scheduled to be operational by the fourth-quarter of 2014.
“Just over one year ago we launched an initiative to operate cleaner and quieter refuse trucks fueled at our first CNG facility with Clean Energy. We are eager to expand this environmentally-friendly initiative with a second station to extend these benefits further,” said Frank M. Antonacci of All American Waste.
Delaware Valley Concrete, Pennsylvania, has taken up the natural gas baton also, welcoming the first of 5 CNG ready-mix trucks as an initial step toward converting its entire fleet of 88 trucks to natural gas. This fleet will fuel at Clean Energy’s growing public-access natural gas station network in Pennsylvania.
Once fully-deployed, the fleet is forecasted to consume approximately 700,000 DGEs of CNG per year which is expected to reduce greenhouse gases by 1,622 metric tons annually. This is approximately the equivalent of removing 335 passenger cars from the road each year.
“We are proud to be the first company in Pennsylvania to fuel ready-mix trucks with natural gas. This innovative approach to using a domestic and cleaner-burning fuel is yet another way we continue to serve our community in an environmentally-sustainable way,” said Mario DiLiberto, president of Delaware Valley Concrete.”
(Source: Clean Energy Fuels Corp.)